CREPE CITY 12 ROUND UP - 5TH ANNIVERSARY
So this Saturday marked the return of Crepe City for its 12th installment and 5th anniversary and it delivered a birthday bonanza.
Hosted again at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane the event had grown even bigger since the summer event, now commanding about 22,000sq.ft of space and taking over multiple rooms in a maze of sneaker goodness to cater to everyone’s needs.
It was great to see the usual mix of private sellers alongside established retailers like Wellgosh and Sole Heaven offering all the brands you could ask for and at a budget to suit everyone. The Nike Air Mag I spotted was unfortunately out of my price league but ace to see this up close and personal for the first time and I was extremely jealous that the seller didn’t only have one pair but had doubled up!
In terms of brands, there were some great installations from Puma and K-Swiss highlighting upcoming releases alongside vintage pieces. Then to protect your kicks, Liquidproof, Sneaky Wipes and Jason Markk were present with JM using the occasion to showcase their new product “Repel” premium water and stain repellent – I even spied the man himself in attendance, another sign of just how far Crepe City has come.
For me however, there was a new experience after attending the previous five events, as for the first time my sister @chickinkicks92 and I, had a stall selling trainers and sneaker branded cushions created from tote bags – a big moment for us! This was in the newly created Women’s area, a first for Crepe City and an opportunity for women (and small footed men!) to shop an area dedicated to kicks for them from private sellers alongside established brands like @smallfeetbigkicks and @noboysallowed who travelled over from the Netherlands to rep for the women. There was also a chance to get your nails done, pick up some great pieces of jewellery and sneaker inspired cookies & cupcakes – every base covered for the lady that eat/pray/love sneakers!
It was definitely a different experience being the other side of the table as a seller rather than buyer and one I cant wait to repeat, a nice opportunity to interact with enthusiastic crowds passing by the stall and interesting to see the mix of people that Crepe City attracts. From a young lad bartering over my AF1 x Supreme to a whole family picking up some Janoski’s for their son from the SFBK’s stall. It was also nice to see the OG ’98 TNs I sold go to a good home and get the recognition they deserved when the happy buyer posted online.
This Crepe City also represented an amazing collab with Ropeslaces on a limited 3-piece box set containing rope and flat laces with Crepe City lace tips in their signature teal green and were on display with the Crepe City Mi ZX Flux trainer – you could also pick up a multitude of other Ropeslaces including the popping 3M ones.
A trainer event in the UK, wouldn’t be the same without the presence of the Nike Air Huarache which continues to be as popular throughout 2014 as it was on its retro in 2013. To celebrate the shoe that very much has a place in my heart, was a Huarache exhibition in place showcasing 50 models from 1991 launch through to 2012 - for the occasion I had to unDSd my Purple Punch, the first model of this classic Tinker Hatfield shoe.
Big congratulations and thanks to the whole Crepe City team for another superb event, here’s to the next 5yrs of providing a place for sneakerheads to come together and appreciate the culture. Cheers!!